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Fan Friday: Catch Me If You Can DVD

Catch Me If You Can is based on a true story, but what does that even mean!? From our perspective, it seems to be a generic disclaimer, which allows film-makers to take liberties with the interpretation of their work. Instead of giving a stirring 5 minute speech, William Wallace... better known as Mel Gibson... err, Braveheart may have just said "Men, tonight we dine in hell!" (300 reference) and "CHARGE!". Either way, we've got to put our trust in the integrity of the film-makers and hope that they manage to capture the essence of the lives they portray, rather than playing it up for the audience.

One film that stuck to its guns (don't worry it doesn't have any guns) is Catch Me If You Can, the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., played by Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Aviator) - the guy on the left. Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story of the Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in the History of Profit and Fun, caught the imagination of Steven Spielberg. However, at first, Abagnale didn't think DiCaprio was suave enough to recreate his running man biography. Abagnale was there to assure authenticity all along the way, which is how these movies should be made. In his epilogue, he said that the first cut of the film was about 80% authentic, and these inaccuracies were later tweaked and corrected. (IMDB, 2009)

The film is just as light and upbeat as the novel's title, moving along swiftly as Leonardo DiCaprio plays dress-up. Matchstick man, confidence trickster, con man... whatever you call him, he was a jet setter, winding his way around the United States in disguise as a pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, whatever documents he could forge he could become. Abagnale was on-the-run alright with FBI agents hot on the long paper trail. Catch Me If You Can's a fun jaunt, which involves family with his father, played by Christopher Walken, romance with a brief interlude involving Jennifer Garner and plenty of cat-and-mouse with Tom Hanks in his wake.

John Williams was nominated for an Oscar for the score, and good old Christopher Walken received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the film. Crime, comedy, drama... Catch Me If You Can is rewatchable and all adds up to a great evening's entertainment with a big bowl of popcorn, making it a worthy addition to any Spielberg, DiCaprio, Hanks, Walken admirer's collection.

A Catch Me If You Can DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.


Trailer Showdown: Inglourious Basterds vs. Lego Basterds

Inglorious BasterdsOkay, we all know how tough those Toy Soldiers turned out to be... but this is ridiculous!? Quentin Tarantino's latest film, The Inglourious Basterds (10 years in the making) is about to hit South African shores like D-Day on 23 October. Brad Pitt headlines a cast including: Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger and Mike Myers in what will no doubt be a return to Tarantino's heydays after the Grindhouse accident involving Deathproof, which was not quite up to scratch amongst the likes of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill: Vol.1.

The World War II drama follows 'The Basterds' a group of Jewish-American soldiers behind enemy lines, as they strike fear into the heart of the Nazis with a spate of scalpings and a brutal killing spree across the Third Reich. Tarantino's take-no-prisoners account of World War II takes the war comic book action from Valkyrie, the setting from Schindler's List, the camaraderie from the Dirty Dozen and the brutal style from Sin City to bludgeon you with The Inglourious Basterds.

Watch The Inglourious Basterds trailer first and then take a peek at the Lego version below... which is better?

At the Movies: 2-9 Oct

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1.      UP (incl 3D) Animation / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
2.      FINAL DESTINATION 4 (incl 3D) Thriller / Movie Trailer

3.      TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

4.      FAME Music / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

5.      IMAGINE THAT Comedy / Movie Trailer

6.      ALIENS IN THE ATTIC Family / Movie Trailer

7.      LAST CHANCE HARVEY Romance / Movie Review / Movie Trailer

8.      DISTRICT 9 Sci-Fi Movie Review / Movie Trailer

9.      G.I. JOE Action Movie Review / Movie Trailer

10.     PROPOSAL, THE Romance / Movie Trailer
Fan Friday: Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko was a launchpad for the Gyllenhaals... you know Jake and Maggie. Writer-director Richard Kelly created one of the most haunting mystery, sci-fi, fantasy films of the decade and possibly ever... weaving time travel, psychological trauma and teenage angst into a story set in the '80s. The dreamy Donnie Darko tale set in motion a chilling, sometimes disturbing, exploration of waking dreams and left in its trail a philosophical minefield.

The movie was not a fading trend, but has continued its reign in IMDB's Top 250 films by user consensus on a score of 8.3. This rating is testament to the film's enchanting power and mesmerising imagery, discarding its low budget and making the most of its cameo performances from Drew Barrymore and the late Patrick Swayze. Donnie Darko even inspired a half-ass sequel known as S. Darko, returning to Samantha Darko years later on a road trip.

The film connects several philosophies and diverging story lines with solid performances, all the while its surreal atmosphere consuming minute after minute with nostalgic '80s music, most notably Gary Jules' rendition of Tears for Fears' Mad World in the closing credits. Its been described as a mixture between Harvey and The Mothman Prophecies with a 6ft rabbit named Frank visiting Donnie in his dreams like a dark angel with a warning. Donnie Darko may not be for everyone, but its mesmerising tale, dream-like direction and solid moody performances have made it an iconic cult masterpiece.

A Donnie Darko DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.


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